From the Eagan Patch
Color Me Mine owner Julie Schroeder has seen the impact that art–even in small doses—can have.
For three years, Schroeder has run her do-it-yourself ceramics studio out of the Eagan Promenade. In that time, she’s worked with veterans, sex trafficking victims and hospital patients. No matter the difficulties her clients face outside of an art studio, when they are working with the ceramics, she said, they begin to relax and unwind.
Schroeder hopes to bring those benefits to a wider range of people this year with the creation of a new nonprofit organization: Art for Everyone. The goal of the nonprofit, Schroeder said, is to collect private donations and grants from the community, then use that funding to pay for scholarships that would allow more people to take art camps or workshops offered by Schroeder.
Schroeder’s desire to start the nonprofit was fueled in part by the requests she routinely receives from local families looking for scholarships so that their children can attend one of Schroeder’s art classes.
Equally important was art therapy—the idea that participating in art can have a healing effect on a person. Schroeder routinely works with young adults from the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and Breaking Free, a nonprofit organization that supports women who were involved in prostitution. She would love to use her nonprofit to offer classes through her business for free or at a reduced cost for both groups.
Schroeder, who recently obtained 501(c)(3) status for her organization, is looking for community members interested in volunteering with Arts for Everyone, or donors willing to contribute. Schroeder will not accept a salary through the nonprofit, and plans to to spend all the money she receives on art scholarships and marketing.
Later this year, she hopes to set up a website and office for the nonprofit in Eagan.
“I have not for one second regretted my decision to go into business on my own, but I did know right from the beginning that this would not be the final stepping stone,” Schroeder wrote on the recently created Art for Everyone Tumblr page. “I knew that I would eventually use my love of art and my business to give back in some way.”
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Lakewood families can have another creative way to be together with the opening of a new Color Me Mine location in the city.
Color Me Mine is a family-friendly studio where visitors can paint their own pottery at 7134 W. Alaska Drive. This is the seventh location of Color Me Mine in Colorado.
According to Mike Mooslin, the company’s president, the concept for Color Me Mine was created in 1991, and is based on the traditional idea of family dinners.
“Dinner was a time when families would talk to each other, and it’s just not as prevalent today. When we want to celebrate, we’ll often have a big group event and go to a restaurant,” he said. “This is the only activity that really parrots that — everyone does their own thing, but they’re still all together.”
Color Me Mine doesn’t aim for appealing to one age group, and Gloria Schatz, owner of the Westminster location, 14694 Orchard Parkway, No. 1200, said that she gets all ages coming through her studio.
The studio has more than 100 items people can choose to paint, as well as more than 60 colors to use and 22,000 images to help design the pottery. Birthday parties, showers, fundraisers and school programs can all be hosted at Color Me Mine.
Mooslin said one of the things that makes pottery painting a great activity is that it is such a universal thing — at least everyone has a piece of pottery. That is part of what has kept the company growing.
The other part of what accounts for the company’s growth is its franchising policy. According to Mooslin, getting owners who know the community is important, so Color Me Mine has a program where the store is built and sold to local owners, with the company playing a supportive role until the local owners take over.
“It’s a very service oriented, very wholesome concept,” he said.
For more information on the Lakewood location, visit www.lakewood.colormemine.com.
After several years at their Colorado location Color-Me-Mine has a new face. Now under new ownership Shawn Dellis and partner Lindsay Craine have settled into a 1300 square foot space on the corner of Green Street and Fair Oaks Street in Old Town Pasadena.
If you are not familiar with the Color-Me-Mine name you should be. It is quickly becoming one of Pasadena’s “places to be.” With their easy paint-it-yourself ceramics, this studio has seen a surge of people pulling up a chair for a little afternoon art therapy. As a matter of fact “The Art of Having Fun,” is there motto. And that is exactly what is happening. Patrons from three to sixty don a piece of pottery, find a cozy table and with a few strokes of their brush walk away with their very own porcelain masterpiece. The light airy studio has tables for two or parties over twenty. As soon as you walk in the door there is fun welcoming feel that makes you smile.
But with over 300 different ceramic pieces, 60 exclusive colors, and 9 specialized painting techniques where to start could be the biggest drawback. Not to worry Color- Me-Mine has friendly knowledgeable staff to guide your process. Whether you have an artistic bone like Picasso or prefer a splatter method like Jackson Pollock there is something for you.
“For the price of a nice movie and popcorn a family of four can have a memorable bonding experience,” says Dellis. He goes on to tell about the day a mother wandered into the studio with her young daughter and their new puppy. “They had just picked up the puppy,” Dellis explains, “and were walking through Old Town when they saw the studio.” They jumped at the opportunity to memorialize the moment. Fifteen minutes later with a dip of the paw and print of a hand she had a piece to cherish forever.
But Color-Me-Mine is hardly just for families. Over half of the studio’s patrons are adults having a casual friend to friend chat or on dates. One couple who chose this hot spot as their Saturday activity was thrilled with the whole experience. “I had a great time. I will definitely come back,” they stated. The couple picked the Pasadena studio over other LA locations because of the studio’s atmosphere and old world charm.
Dellis is pleased with the response. Open now for only eight short weeks the store is already recommending weekend reservations for a table although, walk-ins are always welcome. “In eight weeks we have had twenty-four parties. We have also rented out the studio for large family reunions and corporate events.” Or let the party come to you. The Color-Me-Mine staff can set up shop in your own backyard. Pick the ceramic pieces you would like in advance and they will provide materials as well as two staff members for the duration of the party. The completed pieces are carefully packed up and taken to the studio for glazing. Once glazed your one-of-a-kind work of art will be oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.
Next time you are looking for a new way to spend time with friends and family, consider Color-Me-Mine. Grab your imagination and that special someone, they will provide the rest.